UAV Startup Flytrex Receives FAA Approval to Expand Grocery Delivery to Thousands of Homes Written 26 May 2021


Drone delivery startup Flytrex deploys a commercial drone delivery route in Iceland's capital, Reykjavik, in 2017. | Credit: HadasBandel ; Wikipedia; CC BY-SA 4.0

Insider reports that Flytrex has received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration “to expand backyard drone delivery to thousands of homes in North Carolina, the company announced Tuesday, May 25.” Flytrex has been testing their UAV operations under the FAA’s ongoing pilot UAV program for months. The company “previously delivered food and beverages at a golf course in North Dakota. But its biggest FAA experiment started in late 2020 when it took to the skies carrying trash bags from a Walmart store in North Carolina.” Initial testing included drops made to houses about a half-mile from the store. With the FAA certification, Flytrex can now “operate its drone system above people, allowing for the largest-scale backyard drone deliveries of goods known to date,” the company said in a statement.
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